Cell resiliency surprises scientists
New research shows that cells are more resilient in taking care of their DNA than scientists originally thought. Even when missing critical components, cells can adapt and make copies of their DNA in an alternative way.View story photos
IT Services to hold seminars May 6-7
MSU IT Services coordinates MSU Seminars in Research and Instructional Technology in the spring and fall. The spring 2014 seminars offer two days of no-cost workshops on May 6-7. These seminars are open to faculty, academic staff and graduate assistants (teaching and research).
Cyber buddy is better than 'no buddy'
An MSU researcher is looking to give exercise enthusiasts the extra nudge they need during a workout, and her latest research shows that a cyber buddy can help.View story photos
Jen Cordes Owen: Superspreaders of infectious disease
The world is experiencing an unprecedented increase in the amount of emerging infectious diseases, which pose significant risk to both wild and domestic animal and human populations. Individuals in a population, whether they are animal or human, can play very different roles in how diseases are spread.View story photos
Summer construction 2014
With the arrival of summer, it’s time to begin thinking about the seasonal construction that takes place at MSU. This year, there are several projects that will be happening across campus.
Springing toward discovery
Ahhh…I leaned back in my chair and let the sun hit my face. Finally, spring had sprung. During the months and months of unrelenting ice storms, power outages, polar vortexes and blizzards, this is what I had been waiting for. The temperature hit 70 degrees, the birds were chirping, a lovely breeze was blowing and flowers were pushing through the soil. This was bliss. Except what the heck was that? No way. NO WAY. Seriously? There was no way that a mosquito actually bit me on the very first day I bared my pasty white legs to the elements. And yet, there it was. The telltale itchy red bump smack dab in the middle of my shin. Come on! How is that even fair? We went from frostbite to bug bites in the blink of an eye—a soul-sucking winter to bloodsucking pests in a matter of days. Sigh. As I scratched my bite (I know I’m not supposed to but I just have to) I thought about how annoying it was. And then I thought about how lucky I am. Sitting here in Michigan, what is a mosquito bite other than small spot and an annoying itch?View story photos
New discovery helps solve mystery source of African lava
Floods of molten lava may sound like the stuff of apocalyptic theorists, but history is littered with evidence of such past events where vast lava outpourings originating deep in the Earth accompany the breakup of continents.View story photos
Two seniors receive Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize
Craig Pearson, of Bloomfield Township, a senior in both the Lyman Briggs College and the Honors College, and Kristin McCool, of St. Johns, a senior in the College of Arts and Letters, were recently chosen as the 2014 recipients of the Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize.View story photos
Away from the light: Students design blanket to help jaundiced babies
About 60 percent of infants are born jaundiced and many spend their first days of life isolated from their mothers underneath special lights that help them eliminate the excess bilirubin in their bloodstreams.View story photos
Craig Pearson: Brain storm
A triple major in neuroscience, biochemistry and molecular biology, and English, Craig Pearson crafted a one-of-a-kind academic program to accommodate the depth and breadth of his scientific and literary interests. In the process, he changed the way he sees the world. The triple-threat senior, who founded a literary journal for students with visual disabilities, has played key roles in research investigating treatments for blindness and examining brain activity in people as they read literature. As a Marshall Scholar, Craig will pursue doctoral studies at Cambridge University and continue to blaze a trail into the workings of the human mind and body.View story photosView story videos